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Getting Energy Right

March 14, 2013

Dev Sanyal Image - Fletcher Speech March 2013Dev Sanyal F'88, Executive Vice President and Group Chief of Staff at BP, spoke on March 14 to a packed room of Fletcher graduate students, faculty, and other members of the Tufts Community about Getting Energy Right, in an event hosted by CIERP's Energy, Climate, and Innovation Program.

"Energy is essential to the most basic aspects of development. The energy industry brings heat, light and mobility to the world – the scooters that take people to work, the lights that enable homework to be done, the refrigerators that hold a village’s stocks of medicine. So while we must not shy away from the impacts of what we do, neither should we forget that energy has been central to development – and still is.

And in my view getting energy right means we must address three big issues...

  • First, sufficiency – is there enough energy to go round? If there is, is it affordable?
  • Second, security – can we rely on our energy supplies?
  • Third, sustainability – can we use energy for our needs without an unacceptable impact on the planet?"

Dev Sanyal F’88 is Executive Vice President and Group Chief of Staff at BP. After his initial education in India, he obtained a Master’s degree in economics and politics from The Fletcher School. He joined the BP Group in 1989 and has held a variety of positions globally. After serving in London, Athens, Istanbul, Vienna and Dubai, he was appointed Chief Executive, BP Eastern Mediterranean Fuels, based in Athens in 1999. In 2002, he moved to London as Chief of Staff of BP’s worldwide downstream businesses. In November 2003, he  was  appointed  Chief Executive Officer of Air BP, the global aviation fuels, lubricants and trading business. In June 2006, he was appointed Head of the Group Chief Executive’s Office. He was appointed Group Vice President and Group Treasurer in July 2007. During this period, he was also Chairman of BP Investment Management Ltd and accountable for the Group’s aluminium interests.  He was appointed to his current role effective 1st January 2012. Dev is a Trustee of the Career Academy Foundation and a member of the Accenture Global Energy Board, the European Advisory Board of The Fletcher School and the International Business Leaders Group of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. He also serves as executive sponsor for BP’s relationship with Harvard University.

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Photos by Alonso Nichols/Tufts University